Puerto Rico Adopts “Historic” Law Prohibiting Workplace Harassment

Puerto Rico Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced

Puerto Rico has adopted an expansive new law that prohibits workplace harassment.

The Act to Prohibit and Prevent Workplace Harassment in Puerto Rico was signed into law on August 7 by Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced, who called the legislation an “historic” labor protection.

The law defines workplace harassment  as  actions and behavior that are “malicious, unwanted, repetitive and abusive; arbitrary, unreasonable and/or capricious …  [performed] repeatedly by the employer, his agents, supervisors or employees, oblivious to the legitimate interests of the employer’s company.”

The prohibited actions must be “unwelcome” and threaten the employee’s dignity and “protected constitutional rights.” Continue reading “Puerto Rico Adopts “Historic” Law Prohibiting Workplace Harassment”